Shadows on the Stairs (upgraded)
Warner Brothers Pictures as First National Pictures
This version has improved video quality, and is minus the glitches in the other copy here at IA
Murders in a London lodging house. An ensemble cast features Frieda Inescort, Paul Cavanaugh, Heather Angel, Bruce Lester, Miles Mander and Turhan Bey in his first film role.
Directed by D Ross Lederman.
Released in 1941.
July 16, 2016
**SPOILER** This movie is something of a cheat. We’re introduced to a group of strangers living in a boarding house, but these are really characters in a play which is being read by a playwright to his sweetie. All the characters in the play are loosely based on the real residents of the selfsame boarding house.
It’s a fast-paced murder mystery and includes a subplot, never fully developed, involving a mysterious Sikh. The subplot serves as a distraction from what’s really going on. I wasn’t very surprised by the ending. ** END SPOILER**
Acting is what I expected from this kind of film. No notable performances. I imagine the director really earned his pay.
I downloaded the MPEG4 file. The video quality is fair, showing compression artifacts on a 40” HD TV. The audio was better.
August 23, 2012
Shadows on the Stairs
Worth watching. Heather still excites my other brain. Ending might surprise, it did me.